Proper hand hygiene can prevent sepsis
In Europe, about 80 000 hospitalised patients are estimated to have at least one healthcare-associated infection on any given day. Proper cleaning of the hands, using antiseptic fluid, remains the single most effective way for hospital staff to prevent infections that can lead to sepsis.
World Hand Hygiene Day 2019
Each year on 5 May, the “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign takes place as part of a major global effort led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve hand hygiene in healthcare settings.
WHO Campaign: "SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands"
WHO calls on everyone to be inspired by the global movement to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). Infection Prevention and Control, including hand hygiene, is critical to achieve UHC as it is a practical and evidence-based approach with demonstrated impact on quality of care and patient safety across all levels of the health system.
Infographic: Antibiotic resistance – an increasing threat to human health
Each year, 33000 people die from an infection due to bacteria resistant to antibiotics. The burden of infections with bacteria resistant to antibiotics on the European population is comparable to that of inﬂuenza, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined.
Infographic: Healthcare-associated infections – a threat to patient safety in Europe
A total of 8.9 million healthcare-associated infections were estimated to occur each year in European hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Infection control measures to limit the spread of Clostridium difficile
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Antibiotic resistance in Europe: the challenges ahead
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